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Continuing Education

Middle School Science Institute

Date: 8:00am PDT July 29, 2013 - 5:00pm August 2, 2013 Location: York Graduate Center, Room 121, Graduate Campus

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    Joe Minato, M.T.E.

York Graduate Center, Room 121, Graduate Campus

Middle School science teachers have an extremely wonderful, but daunting task set before them. This week-long institute will address five of the unique challenges faced by middle school science teachers by:  

1. Providing a crash course on the key ideas in science over a spectrum of disciplines.

2. Providing a sample, essential equipment list and training. We will create the “essential box of middle school science teaching supplies.”

3.  Each day we will model and practice at least three captivating experiments that every teacher can do. With a few extra thrown in on Friday, teachers will leave with 18 great experiments, one for every two weeks of the school year.

4. Participants will take part in a daily safety training that focuses on prevention, but also leaves teachers knowing how to deal effectively and professionally with common middle school science accidents.

5. We will address the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will know how to use these new guidelines upon completion of the Institute.

Each day of class all five of these challenges will be addressed within the context of hands-on science lessons in engineering, physics and physical science, astronomy and earth science, biology, and science, technology, and society.

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Monday-Friday, July 29-August 2, 2013

Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Instructor: Joseph Minato, M.T.E.

Continuing education credit: CEED 866, 3 semester hours, $1,050

Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

Noncredit/CEU: $750

Register now for noncredit

  • To ensure your place and to avoid cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, please register no later than two weeks before your course or workshop is scheduled to begin. 

Materials fee: $100

About the Instructor

Joe Minato is a science teacher with a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.T.E. in science education. He is the owner of Coriolis, a small business that provides science and math educational services to students and teachers. In addition, Joe teaches in the M.A.T. program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling and is a recipient of the prestigious Polaroid Award for Outstanding Teaching at MIT. 

While classically trained in physics and math, Joe is a lifelong natural historian with a broad background and endless enthusiasm for exploring the wonders of the natural world from subatomic physics to cosmology, from molecular genetics to frog metamorphosis.

Joe has taught in a wide variety of settings, urban and rural, public and private, and to a wide variety of students, gifted scholars to troubled youth, small children to veteran educators. His favorite students are whomever he is presently teaching.

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